In the latest round of grants supporting England’s music and live events industries after the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, Arts Council England has awarded the vastly popular Glastonbury Festival £900,000.
Glastonbury joins over 2,700 cultural organizations in receiving over £400 million in grants, including Boomtown Fair Festival, Brixton Disco, Noisily, Highest Point, Camden Roundhouse, and many others. The grants serve as a part of the U.K. government’s £1.57 billion culture recovery fund.
“We’re extremely grateful to be offered a significant award from the Culture Recovery Fund,” said Glastonbury organizers Michael and Emily Eavis in a statement. “After losing millions from the cancellation of our last two festivals, this grant will make a huge difference in helping to secure our future.”
As with many other festivals and live music events, the 2020 and 2021 iterations of Glastonbury were cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Glastonbury organizers planned a five-hour live stream event in lieu of the festival as a means of raising funds for the losses suffered. That live stream event is slated to take place in May.
To learn more, visit Glastonbury Festival’s official website.